WAU personnel are getting tired of continuous reorganisations and increased work pressure, so don't welcome the new strategic plan from the board of Knowledge Centre Wageningen (KCW). Most of them are trying to concentrate on science and education, and consign the plans immediately to the bin, but they are irritated by arguments from the Board that the personnel should increase efficiency by 2.5 percent each year. They should come and look here. I already work much more than a forty-hour week.
Student organisations from WAU organised a full fancy dress party at the castle of Arcen on January 31th. The students from Environmental Sciences were dressed in yellow, and two other students came as the princess and the frog. The best thing at this party are the women, says a male student. When I walk down the shopping street here, the women are so so, but here I think: wow. A female student: This is a women's party. All men are dressed the same.
Wouter Tigges is technical assistant who has been helping students with their practical work in animal taxonomy for 31 years. He has seen how students have changed. The relations between boys and girls have changed considerably. Very few students know that there used to be a separate student club for women. I notice that nowadays there is companionship between boys and girls. It's quite rare now that a girl gets a place in a student house because of her looks. Another change is that more and more students take a job while still studying. They have to, to make a living. In the past you could even save money from your grant.
Two stand-up comedians were invited to Wageningen by the students of Environmental Sciences. Howard Komproe, a Dutchman from Suriname, makes jokes about real blacks: Michael Jackson isn't a real black, because he is about to have a second child with the same woman. The Dutch newsreader Humberto Tan isn't a real black, his uncle is: Good evening, this is the eight o'clock news. It's a quarter past eight, but I had to park my car first, see. Najib Amhali, of Moroccan descent, points out Dutch prejudices: What's that, a Moroccan reading a Dutch newspaper! His father didn't read Dutch, he had to interpret the conversation between his teacher and his father. The teacher: Najib should work harder at school. Najib: He says I'm doing well at school. His father: Is okay, is okay